Given the amount of chatter on Da'Quan Bowers' knee leading up to the NFL Draft, it wasn't completely surprising that he fell out of the first round, so we waited patiently as the second round unfolded. Finally, at No. 51 overall, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected the player who at one time was thought to be in the mix for the No. 1 pick.
With that wait over, the next part of the process is projecting what kind of a contribution he'll make to his new team both in the short- and long-term. With that in mind, a beat writer that covers another team who was looking for pass-rush help in the draft has some chilling information to pass along this week.
"The question is whether [Bowers] ever plays at a high level. There is concern by most teams that he might be essentially finished," Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "On some level, you have to applaud Tampa Bay for taking him. But there is a large number of people who have seen the medical report from when he was re-checked in April that believe he is done."
Yowza. Well, we won't get a good read on how well Bowers will be able to compete until the Bucs' offseason program gets going and he goes up against live competition. But if this doubt is as widespread as Acee says it is, Bowers is facing long odds to become the player we'd once envisioned.
- Tim Kavanagh